Skip to comments.This Year In History: Judicial Power (Little Rock-50 years ago today)
Posted on 08/30/2007 7:02:39 AM PDT by Nextrush
Federal District Judge Ronald Davies, transferred to the federal courthouse in Little Rock, dealt quickly with the state court ruling against the integration of Little Rock Central High School.
NAACP lawyers filed an appeal of the August 27th injunction from the Cancery Court of Pulaski County.
On Friday August 30th, 1957 Judge Davies overruled the state court and ordered the integration to proceed according to the plan of the Little Rock School Board.
Davies issued an injunction enjoining "all persons, in any manner, directly or indirectly, from interfering with the plan of integration as approved by the United States District Court."
The way was cleared for an expected 15 black students to join the 2-thousand students attending the school.
For Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus, this was a tense moment. He had campaigned against integration and knew like all Arkansas politicians where public opinion stood.
When the Warren Court came down with the Brown vs. Board of Education the Arkansas congressional delegation (with famous Democrats like Bill Clinton's mentor Senator J. William Fulbright and Congressman Wilbur Mills, who would be caught up in a scandal involving a stripper in the 1970's) signed on to a document with dozens of other southern Democrats pledging lawful resistance to the court's decision.
Now Governor Faubus and whatever power and authority he had in the face of the federal court ruling was on the line. Opponents of integration expected him to do something but what could he do?
For Faubus, his political survival (Arkansas electing its governors every two years) hung in the balance.
School was set to open on Tuesday September 3rd.
Have you read the book “An American Insurrection” by William Doyle?
It’s about James Meredith’s attempt to register at Ole Miss and the resulting riot that took place.
Very rarely have I ever read a book I couldn’t put down. This was one of ‘em.
I haven’t read the book although I’ve seen excerpts around the web.